Task 2.4: Design for a sustainable future

This article discusses how designers have the potential of impacting the environment. Using the Aarvarchitecture’s Solar Roof Pod, it argues that designers can create a quality of life throughout an urban area.

It is evident that designers literally have more potential to impact both environmental improvement than economists, politicians, businesses and environmentalists. Fuad-Luke (2002) argued that the power of designers is more catalytic, in that, once a more environmentally benign design penetrates the markets its beneficial effects multiply rapidly. A vivid example of this is the Aardarchitecture’s Solar Roof Pod, that was designed, developed and realized within CCNY’s Bachelor of Architecture program at the Spitzer School of Architecture.

The Aarvarchitecture’s solar roof pod is a compact penthouse with a rooftop that is a net energy producer for the building below, feeding it with electricity and thermal energy. It is design to harness solar income rather than use non· renewable natural capital such as fossil fuels (Fuad-Luke. 2002. P.15). Furthermore, its extensive terraces, supported on a dunnage system mitigates storm water run-off, heat island effect and airborne particulate matter. Benefits of this design include dematerialising products into services wherever feasible, enabling businesses to spend less on raw materials and, users enjoy more efficient, better-value products, governments reduce spending on regulatory enforcement and the net gain is an improved environment and quality of life (Fuad-Luke. 2002. P.15). Whether privately owned or communally occupied, the roofpod has the capacity to improve quality of life throughout an urban area (AARVARCHITECTURE. 2012).

In conclusion, the article stresses Fuad-Luke (2002) points that design to harness solar income rather than use non-renewable natural capital such as fossil, and designed to dematerialise products into services wherever feasible are beneficial to our environment.


AARVARCHITECHTURE, 2012. Solar roofpod. Viewed on the 16 September 2016 from http://aardvarchi.com/index.php?/projects/xx-rural-res-add-project/

Fuad-Luke, A. 2002. The eco-design handbook: a complete sourcebook for the home and office. London, England: Thames and Hudson.



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